Impaired driving is a deadly crime that’s still prevalent throughout America. To crack down on this problem police will be out in record numbers from mid-August through Labor Day (August 19–September 7). All motorists are now on notice that if they are caught driving drunk or impaired, they will be arrested.
Last year in Kentucky during the Labor Day Holiday period (6pm Friday 8/29-9/1/2014) -
- There were a total of 14 traffic related fatalities, one (too many) of these was alcohol related.
- Of the 672 total fatalities in Kentucky during 2014, 116 (17%) were due to alcohol. Seven of these alcohol related deaths involved a motorcyclist.
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin, so you can enjoy the next celebration.
- Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
Impaired driving is not an accident — it’s an epidemic of careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending this tragedy, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will join with others across state and the country during the upcoming Labor Day holiday for an intensive crackdown on impaired-driving. No one should ever get that late-night phone call from the police telling you your loved one has died due to an impaired driver.
Our message during this crackdown — and the rest of the year too — is clear and unwavering: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you are caught driving drunk or impaired, you will face serious consequences.